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Birmingham BFCC Winner for Phil Warne

2014 Birmingham BFCC BIS

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  1. NEWS
    One more full day tomorrow before the team returns to the UK Saturday and everyone can head home. I hear that the news from UK is that the weather is quite warm today, great for messing the birds around again just when the cold spell had started. No such luck here in Huumgary, its freezing cold, bright but very cold.
    Couple of weeks only remaining before the pilgimage to Fleetwood begins for the many, not matter if showing or just going to see some amazing borders and of course for the social aspect of the weekend - I am sure it will be great. I always look forward to it as being on my doorstep I get a good few friends call in to see me, have to get extra supply of coffee in though.
    With current BIS's being spread around in the shows so far it will be a good competition for British Champion this year. Good luck

    (Posted on 2014-10-30 14:08:00 by )
  2. NEWS
    Evening from Budapest (or little town nearby!) not been very active on the website due to limited wifi during the day and then when all the athletes get online during the night time the connection is so weak a snail could deliver a letter quicker, complete waste of time.
    Finished the competition 2 days and now into 3 day training with German and Hungarian teams, run, swim and fence tomorrow with an early start. Home Saturday but wont be before the lights go out, so will be Sunday before I get in the shed. Can't wait and wish for some nice surprises. S

    (Posted on 2014-10-28 20:00:00 by )
  3. NEWS
    Message received from website friend Neil Tench
    "hi Stuart just finished downloading novice and champion videos on YouTube hope they're up to a good standard for the website ,one of them was taken with the iPad as an experiment but I'm not happy with it .you should find them if you type in neil tench and click on my icon they should come up .thanks neil tench "

    (Posted on 2014-10-27 18:05:00 by )
  4. NEWS
    I would like to congratulate Gordon Holt for taking all top 7 Novice awards at the West of Scotland Show.

    (Posted on 2014-10-27 11:03:00 by )
  5. NEWS
    West of Scotland result,
    Best S Percy
    2nd S Percy
    3rd. G Mc Gougan
    4th. I Wishart
    5th. S Percy
    6th. G Mc Gougan
    7th. S Percy

    (Posted on 2014-10-26 18:56:00 by )
  6. NEWS
    Check the Forum and see if you can contribute to the qurstions about an electronic stock book?

    (Posted on 2014-10-25 16:42:00 by )
  7. NEWS Flash 2
    To be confirmed - results as sent to me here in Hungary
    East of England
    I b chandler vwh
    2 b chandler cini vy
    3 b chandler vyc
    4 b chandler vbh
    5 bob turner vyh
    6 m Symonds fl vyc.
    7 m Symonds tpdbc

    (Posted on 2014-10-25 14:13:00 by )
  8. NEWS Flash
    But to be confirmed...... Message exactly as I received it here in Hungary
    Welsh Border
    Best Ian Perrier
    2nd P Warne
    3rd R Husom
    4th Ian Perrier
    5th P Warne
    6th P Warne
    7th L Rowlands

    Best Novice, 2nd, 3rd and 5 th best G Marshall
    4th N Tench
    5th and 6th best K Howells

    (Posted on 2014-10-25 14:10:00 by )
  9. NEWS
    Wowza what a weekend for the Border Fancy - I dont have the actual talley of the number of Borders benched but I am sure Colin will have a rough idea when he gets the show reports, but I am thinking a couple of thousand borders exhibited this weekend across the 5 shows (Scottish, Cleveland, Wessex, Birmingham and the Irish)
    Clevelands initiative of video streaming the judging, inparticular the awarding of the specials seems to have been a massive success and news is that they intend to further this in future by live streaming online. My personal dream coming to reality - well done Cleveland and the proactive committee of a top class show.
    That said, reports from all others show (verbal in conversation) is that exhibitors have nothing but praise for the show committees that continue to break their balls to put on a good event for their visitors.
    I seemed to be uploading results on Facebook and this website all weeknd long and the number of texts and emails asking where the results are just confirms the interest around the world and here in GB and Ireland in knowing the results straight away. I know this website is now like a temporary hotline on show days until the official results in full are put on the BC website by Colin, but I was wondering if we could initiate a results or news hotline for the fancy on show weekends.? maybe one step too fat at the minute :-)
    Terrible weather here in Blackpool - batten down the hatches tonight

    (Posted on 2014-10-20 16:24:00 by )
  10. NEWS
    Cleveland BFCC Show results today

    Cliff brittain
    Stu Percy
    Burrows and Miller
    R sillitoe



    (Posted on 2014-10-19 15:21:00 by )
    Cleveland BFCC early news
    Best In Show Cliff Britton
    Best Novice Richard Laidler
    Full results to follow

    (Posted on 2014-10-19 14:16:00 by )
    Full results to be confirmed but news from the Scottish All Border today is that friend of the website George McGougan has taken top 7 in show...updates to follow as they come in.

    (Posted on 2014-10-19 13:36:00 by )
  13. NEWS
    Results from Wessex BFCC Show today

    Best border Bob Hodges
    2nd S Tappenden
    3rd R Turner
    4th R Baker
    5th Bob Hodges
    6th Bob Hodges
    7th S Tappenden
    Best novice L Allen
    2nd K Howell
    3rd K Howell
    4th L Allen
    5th P Wright
    6th M Standen
    7th P Wright
    Well done Bob and everyone that took part

    (Posted on 2014-10-18 18:04:00 by )
  14. NEWS
    Please reference the following with the results from Florence in previous News item
    4th BEST T.P.D. YEL HEN
    7th BEST T.P.D. BUFF HEN

    (Posted on 2014-10-18 16:49:00 by )
  15. NEWS
    Birminghamd BFCC show results
    Best Border Phil Warne
    2nd Best Phil Warne
    3rd Best Phil Warne
    4th Best T Faulkner
    5th Best Phil Warne
    6th Best Phil Warne
    7th Best R Hudson
    BEST Novice R Thorley
    2nd Best R Thorley
    3rd Best R Thorley
    4th Best R Thorley
    5th Best R Thorley
    6th Best T Ayres
    7th Best R Thorley
    Full special list now on my FB page
    Well done to all exhibitors

    (Posted on 2014-10-18 16:44:00 by )
  16. NEWS


    BEST BORDER Valentino Cherubini

    2nd BEST Valentino Cherubini

    3rd BEST Michele Apuzzo

    4th BEST Pompeo Mattia

    5th BEST Valentino Cherubini

    6th BEST Valentino Cherubini

    7th BEST Aurelio Gherardi

    Regards Antonio Montano

    (Posted on 2014-10-18 16:38:00 by )
  17. NEWS
    Irish BFCC top 3
    Best D. Somerville
    2nd J. Furley
    3rd C. Southern
    Congratulations to 3 great border men

    (Posted on 2014-10-18 15:12:00 by )
  18. NEWS
    Schedules have been sent to all of last year's exhibitors. Anyone else wanting to show should contact Dean on 01179373227 or Entries close on 25th October.

    (Posted on 2014-10-13 20:08:00 by )
  19. NEWS
    Northants Results from today:
    Best Border: Bowley and Stevens
    Best Novice: M Plumb
    Full specials list will be uploaded on the Border Convention website shortly

    (Posted on 2014-10-12 19:57:00 by )
  20. NEWS
    Results from the IBBA show today are now available for viewing on the Border Convention website.

    (Posted on 2014-10-12 19:49:00 by )
  21. NEWS
    Good afternoon everyone - I am still stuck in a field most of the day on a riding camp but my inbox in overwhelmingly full of queries about results from shows, I now have the Novice run down from Doncaster:
    1st P England u/f 3/4 buff cock
    2nd R Thorley u/f cyh
    3rd R Thorley u/f vyh
    4th G Bishop u/f gbh
    5th P Calladine u/f cyc
    6th M Donovan
    7th M Donovan
    Please don't shoot the messenger if any of the information is not correct.

    (Posted on 2014-10-12 13:44:00 by )
    First report in from the Cornish Border, Best In Show Phil Warne, second Brian Chandler, 3rd Brian Chandler, 4th Phil Warne, 5th Brian Chandler....... thats all the news I have for now, well done Phil and Brian.
    Will post more results if I get any sent through.

    (Posted on 2014-10-11 16:51:00 by )
  23. NEWS
    News flash from Doncaster BFCC show today. Best Champion, 4th and 5th best Stu Percy, 2nd best Howsam and Purvis, 3rd best Mark Symonds, 6th best Ian Southgate and 7th best Malcolm Barnett. Best Novice was Paul England for the second week in a row. Mick Donovan was 6th and 7th best novice and best novice flighted. I dont have any other results at this time. Well done everyone.

    (Posted on 2014-10-11 13:56:00 by )
  24. NEWS
    Morning everyone - just packing up for another weekend away working.
    No doubt many will be heading off for the shows this weekend travelling thousands of miles between you all and sleeping in hotel beds all for the chance to get your birds on the show bench and see other fine exhibits. Good luck to everyone and hope you all have a great weekend.
    Please drop me results and I will do the very best I can to upload them for you as soon as I can.

    (Posted on 2014-10-10 09:53:00 by )
    Cleveland Border Fancy Canary Club are set to make possible history on the 19th October at their Open Show at Bydales Technical College.
    The judging will be stream Live from the show hall to the restaurant where the visitors can watch the birds being judged. I am so pleased with this initiative because it is something that I have banged the drum about for many years and to their full credit CBFCC has pushed on and done it.
    WHY NOT go along to the show and be able to say you were there when the first live streaming in the border fancu took place.??
    The next stage will be to stream it live on the worldwide web - which club will rise to that challenge.
    (all subject to the engaged judges agreement)

    (Posted on 2014-10-09 21:23:00 by )
    Sorry Jason I put your name down as Weaver and not Miller, god know why I did that.

    (Posted on 2014-10-05 19:26:00 by )
  27. NEWS
    Novice results from North Staffs today, well done Paul England:
    1st P England
    2nd B Goodwin
    3rd G Marshall
    4th G Marshall
    5th P Morledge
    6th J & G Barry
    7th W Williams
    Thanks to Jason Weaver foe texting me these results tonight

    (Posted on 2014-10-05 18:13:00 by )
  28. NEWS
    North Staffs results as far as I have them, many thanks to John Furley who has sent us in the results. If someone at all the shows can do similar we can publicise immediately for you:
    North Staffs Border:

    Best Border. P. Warne
    2nd Best. P. Warne
    3rd Best J. Noonan
    4th Best. Bowley&Stevens
    5th. Best. P. Tooth
    6th. Best. P. Warne
    7th. Best. P. Warne
    Best Novice. P. England

    (Posted on 2014-10-05 15:48:00 by )
    Best Border Best Champion at North Staff is Phil Warne, more details will be uploaded as I get them. Well done Phil and Jenny.

    (Posted on 2014-10-05 13:22:00 by )
  30. NEWS
    From Southern Border:
    Best Brian Chandler Flt. Var. Yel Hen 2nd S Tappenden Flt Var, Buff Cock 3rd M Symonds U/F Clr. Buff Cock. 4 th S. Tappenden U/F Clr. White Hen 5th M Symonds U/F 3/4 Buff Hen 6th B.Chandler U/F cinn. Var. Yel. Hen 7 th R.Turner U/F Clr Yel Hen

    (Posted on 2014-10-04 20:37:00 by )
    Brian Chandler wins The Southern Border - more details to follow as they come in..... Congratulations Brian.

    (Posted on 2014-10-04 12:40:00 by )
  32. NEWS
    On Dec 18th a group of bordermen are going over to Dr Peter Coutteel's clinic in Belgium (me included) we have the trip all sorted and booked. We have planned on 12 to travel and have 10 names so far so if you are interested drop me an email and it will be on first come come first served basis.
    Outline is that we will go my minsbus on the Euro Tunnel and visit one of the top Belgium border men on route to the vets clinic, arrive at Peters place mid afternoon and receive a presentation on latest reserach in canary illness and preparation for the breeding season. Followed by trip to Pet mega store, hotel and dinner as a group. Then on the morning of 19th another visit to a borderman on way back to channel tunnel. Cost all incl we are try to keep to £100 (bus, fuel, Euro Tunnel train, hotel)
    Drop me an email if you are intrested..

    (Posted on 2014-10-02 20:16:00 by )
  33. NEWS
    Birds starting to take shape now and very pleased with how some are coming through.
    Had a couple of visitors today, I always like it when people come to see me as it give the birds someone else to look at other than me!
    If anyone knows a retired border man that would like a totally free holiday in Blackpool next October then get them to give me a call. I need a house and bird minder for 10 days whilst away. Dont mind a couple coming, it is the illuminations so plenty to see and do! (not kidding by the way, I am totally serious)

    (Posted on 2014-10-01 20:11:00 by )
  34. NEWS
    First big show this coming weekend ? North Staffs cant wait to get the results and see who has the early birds on the podium. If birds have improved from last year then there are going to be some absolute smashers on the bench. Happy to upload some photos if anyone wants to send me a couple through after the show.
    In the shed there are less feather on the floor each day now but obviously feathers are still growing on the birds and they are improving daily. After a couple of days away I can really tell the diference. So when I get back from a week away in Hungary at the end of the month I should see a significant change. My birds always seem to come on in November no matter when they are bred. Make letting the surplus go early a bit of a gamble.

    (Posted on 2014-09-29 20:10:00 by )
  35. NEWS
    High Spen YSS results just text through:
    Best Border vyc Ron Silitoe
    2nd vbc Billy and Paul Heathcote
    3rd cbh Davie Brown
    4th vbc Ian Wishart
    5th cinnie yh Billy and Paul Heathcote
    6yh tpdbh Jack clarke
    7th gfbh Gary Bishop

    (Posted on 2014-09-27 17:17:00 by )
  36. NEWS
    What a lovely day it has turned out to be after a grey and mizley morning. Just nice now for sitting on the M6 and M5 for several hours as I head south west. The sunshine really makes a difference to the birds even though I have no windows in my shed, with the door open the young cocks strike up and get in to juvenile canary cock song. Down side is that the stonking hen you thought you had also strikes up and shatters ones hopes of a belting hen... we have all been there and got the tee shirt for that no doubt.
    Soon be show season following a few young stock shows knocking around at the minute. Show Secs can you please send your results direct to Colin (BC) and copy to me, Colin will handle officially and upload to the BC website and I will put news flash on this news box to keep everyone up to date as best I can. Any site members that want to send me text results for a quick call then I will upload asap.
    Just setting off now on my travels, will have wifi tonight all being well so can catch up on fb chat or this chatroom. Have a good weekend everyone. S

    (Posted on 2014-09-26 13:08:00 by )
  37. NEWS
    Phil has now put the video clip on his YouTube Channel and it is much better quality on YouTube the video footabge isn't jumping around etc.
    Been a grey day here in Blackpool, nit that I have had chance to get outside, been full on all day at work. Away from tomorrow again til Sunday but back by mid afternoon and will get into the bird shed for an hour or two before it gets dark. Been putting the baths on most days to help the birds get rid of stubborn pin feathers that won't break the sheath of the feather, usually one or 2 on the head - bathing works and soon preen them out. What a difference it makes when the head is tidied up, the loose hairs trimmed and all spick and span. The guys on the chat room was asking if we cut or pull the long head and neck hairs out? seemed that people did both. The advantage of cutting is that they wont grow back again, but one slip and they get short back and sides!! personally I stroke the head feathers towards the beak so they ruffle up and the hairs stick straight up, I then gently pull them out. I have to say that I have not had cause to repeat, so not actually sure if they do grow back?
    Catch up later on Chatroom if you are about

    (Posted on 2014-09-25 16:47:00 by )
  38. NEWS
    Check Phil's fb page to see some of the 2014 youngsters. 2 video clips available to view

    (Posted on 2014-09-24 13:01:00 by )
  39. NEWS
    Dark and ready for big downpour here in Blackpool at the moment but still quite warm.
    I have just started a forum topic about the size of the show cage drinkers holes, I know we have over the years been down this road before but as we start training the birds up again it is apparant that some birds just hate putting their heads through the little holes. We all know the little tips for getting them to do it but we will see many again at shows huddled up and fluffed up because they are not drinking (the birds I am on about not the blokes that own them)
    If you have an opinion and want to contribute to the debate then please do so on the Forum Page. Thanks

    (Posted on 2014-09-23 16:13:00 by )
  40. NEWS
    Starting to think I live on the M6 motorway!! just back from a weekend show jumping with the GB Youth Team - some good potential for the future all being well. Hopefully same as what is in my shed one day :-) had a quick nip in when I got back tonight and I am pleased with my little lot. One or two that I took out of group cages late last week are looking fab... how can birds change so much is always beyond me. It really does make the point not to let birds go to soon unless you have good reason to do so and dont mind them going to a specific new home.
    The soft moult problem seems to have been resolved with the exception of one buff cock that continues to want to buck the trend!! it has to be more than a coincidence that the complex Vit B makes a difference as it was the only thing I changed by introducing it a couple of weeks ago now. If you get birds finish the moult and then show signs of soft flank feathers get them on Vit B asap - or better still have some at the ready. I am going to give my birds a dose once a week until the weather turns cold to see if it holds the problem off, I will keep you briefed accordingly.

    (Posted on 2014-09-21 20:05:00 by )
  41. NEWS
    Managed to grab a couple of days in the shed since back from South Wales but away again this coming weekend at a riding camp. Pleased with how the birds are looking generally and holding good form now. Except for odd one or two still to tidy up I seem to have put a stop to the going soft scenario - what a pain that is.
    Swings and roundabouts each year isnt it with how many cocks v hens and yellows v buffs. In 2013 it was mainly yellow dark hens and in 2014 there seems to be more yellow cocks at the minute - not a bad thing but I dont want many more starting to sing or I will be short of good hens - not worrying yet though :-)
    We seems to get through a load of seed at this time of year until the surplus has gone, seems endless job everyday doing the seed and waters. Add to that rotating the baths each morning! and hanging show cages on I sometimes wonder how those fanciers that have full time job and dont work from home actually cope. I certainly wouldnt have birds without the support of the home team when I am away working.
    Keep at it - catch up later. S

    (Posted on 2014-09-16 20:08:00 by )
  42. NEWS
    Good news on a couple of fronts today, firstly the Chatroom seems to have picked up and we have had a good group for this week so far. During the breeding season the numbers dropped off a bit as was to be expected but back into double figures most nights again now.
    Secondly the birds have got a grip of themselves and seem to have stopped dropping flank feathers at last. I got some Complex Vit B and have given it to the birds all this week, might be coincidence but seems to have done the trick - read Linda Hogan's blog on her Canary Tales for more information.
    Birds in general are looking good and taking shape nicely, well I am pleased with them anyway! Catch up later if on Chatroom. S

    (Posted on 2014-09-11 16:34:00 by )
  43. NEWS
    Check out for a new line in carrying bags for Dewer Show Cages. They will hold 4 cages and look a good product.

    (Posted on 2014-09-05 10:36:00 by )
  44. NEWS
    Day before having to be away again this weekend as I am off down to London working Saturday and Sunday. At least get away from sweeping feathers up for a few days. Put a few pics on the home page of one or two that are starting to shape up a bit. going to be a while yet before anything like finished though. Seems I am not alone with a few going into second moult or going soft as you might say - at least now and not later in the year. Catch up later, not too much news today

    (Posted on 2014-09-04 20:45:00 by )
  45. NEWS
    Busy day but managed to get into the shed later on today to check the birds over. Not much can be done at this time except wait for the new feathers and sweep old ones up!
    Still got a problem with one or two buffs dropping feathers again, really does my head in when the birds are looking nice then they go and spoil themselves by having a mini moult. I dug around the web today and found some advice from Linda Hogan after a friend told me that she had covered this subject sometime ago. I had heard that pigeon men give stressed birds Complex Vit B to make sure they are in tip top condition and dont drop feathers before a race - Linda by coincidence recommends that canaries are given Complex Vit B if they go into a soft moult and this will pull them through. I emailed a friend in Germany that breeds Goldies and Bullfinches and he gives Complex Vit B at the start of the moult once a week because he doesnt want birds chucking feathers out to grow in a deeper colour etc makes sense I suppose. Mercasystems do a full range of Complex Vit B - I might send for some to have on standby just in case. Otherwise all is well in the shed and happy with what is coming through so far.

    (Posted on 2014-09-03 20:37:00 by )
  46. NEWS
    Good evening, glad to say I am back in the UK after a week in Hungary. It was good to be able to get into my shed this afternoon although not completely what I expected, Some birds are now about 85% through but some in my opinion have actually gone backwards, I say this only because they had nest feather head feathers still in when I went away and now some look like they hace been scalped. Goint to be a good few weeks yet before anything fully sorted. I started early with my birds, alot earlier than most and I would not have anything ready for early members shows that will soon be starting.
    One thing for sure I wont miss the daily floor covering of feathers. Catch up on the chat room shortly if anyone around. S

    (Posted on 2014-08-30 20:37:00 by )
  47. NEWS
    Still in Hungary until Saturday morning, should be home and in my shed for a checking out of the birds by lunchtime, cant wait. News from home is that all is well and no casualities so that is good news at least. Been keeping my ear to the ground and asking if there are any bordermen around the local area here in Hungary but I dont get a very positive reply - so dont think they are very popular here.
    Up at sparrows o'clock in the morning for riding training or pony trek as Scotty calls it (indeed) then off to do some shooting, dont mind that bit.
    Will keep in touch one I get home.

    (Posted on 2014-08-27 18:50:00 by )
  48. NEWS
    Bright but chilly morning here in Blackpool and local news informing us that going to be a bumper bank holiday weekend with trippers streaming up the M6 both ways from the North and South. Luckily I am heading out of Blackpool down to Luton Airport!
    FYI and just a snippet of high tech infomation, yesterday saw the launch of pay by credit card bloody donkey rides on the sea front - what next... they have installed a swipe card machine on the saddle of the donkey, so swipe jump on and ride! I can see this being useful method for some other blackpool activities currently available. I think it was sixpence a go when I was a nipper coming to blackpool for a donkey ride - now you can pay by credit card so I wonder what the charge is now? thing is they are the same donkeys! (Alice, Bob, Jack etc etc) lol
    I think this sudden cold snap is just what the birds need to push them through a bit quicker. It dropped down to 6 degrees in my shed last night and forecast is 3 degrees for tonight. One or two of the last birds out of the nest are only just staring to throw feathers out with any sort of proper moult process - and have actually found a fresh laid egg 2 days on the bounce now in the flighted hens cage, so one of them is still at it.
    Visitors to my shed this year will immediately notice a difference in the quantity of lighter coloured birds, still got a smattering of darks and heavy var but at last there are clears and lightly marked birds. I will pair up carefully next year to maintain the light birds but also pair up to retain my good dark line that I have enjoyed over previous years. As I said previously, this year the whites have not done as good as I paired up for, normally prolific but this breeding season only ones or zero whites in the nests. Going to rectify that next year! Right, work calls, have a great bank holiday weekend and I will keep in touch from Hungary as and when I get an internet connection. S

    (Posted on 2014-08-22 09:19:00 by )
  49. NEWS
    Weather currently taken a few degrees drop in temperature which for most of us is very welcome it can add to problems in the birdroom. This time of year as birds come towards latter part of the moult nearly all of us encounter some form of second moult with one or two birds. Having read and collated experiences from people over many years there is definitely more to this than just bad luck and birds chucking a few more feathers out at the end of the moult. This fall into a couple of categories and several reasons for each. Firstly the one that we refer to as a soft moult, gathered info in the majority says that this is caused by fluctuation in temperature, change in diet, drafts and or moving bottom to top cages etc. Then there is what some call Shock moult which when you think about it is very possible: birds finish the moult and we start letting them hop in and out of a show cage hanging on the stock cage, fine - but then we put it on the staging in the shed and the bird often goes bonkers - see how many of those then chuck a few feathers out later than day or the next day? example of shock moult in the very extreme is when a bird is chased by a cat appears to be caught as feathers fly everywhere but in fact the cat has not got the bird. I think one of the former reasons of soft moult are more relevant to us. Best to be mindfull?
    Busy week for me work wise this week so time in the shed will be limited - then away to Hungary at the weekend for a week. Hope by the time I get back there will be some significant difference (for the better!) with the birds

    (Posted on 2014-08-18 19:55:00 by )
  50. NEWS
    Another weekend almost over and being at home have had lots of time to spend in the shed. Seed hoppers and egg drawers all been through dish washer and now immaculate with only the cage fronts to whip through the dishwasher when I get cages emptied. I used the fibre glass Kent Cage fronts and they come up spotless every year, no painting and messing around. If I could turn the clock back I would have used black ones instead of white but the whites ones look very smart.
    Week today and off to Hungary for a training camp all the following week, birds are only on moulting programme now so minimum attention needed - peace and quiet does it for next few weeks with good food and fresh water. They will have the baths put on as usual whilst I am away.
    Still to early to decide what is coming through the best as it changes almost daily, one minute I think there is something looking good then next day it looks like Ken Dodds hair on a bad day.
    Highlight of the day has been that I had a very rare but welcome visitor, always good to sepnd a couple of hours with fellow bordermen and get a second opinion on the birds so far. Not quite back to the drawing board, pleased to say!!
    Catch up later.

    (Posted on 2014-08-17 16:56:00 by )
  51. NEWS
    From a very wet Blackpool chucking it down with rain. At least it is not roasting hot in the shed and no need for aircon to be on.
    Thought the home page could do with a quick update so added a few photos snapped over last few days of the birds, still ragged up mostly but I am happy enough with them and already I can see that there is an improvement. I have been asked recently and listened to comments as to why I spend time with the website. To be honest I often ask myself the same question. The starting point was that there was a need for a communication tool to fill the gap being temporarily vacated by the BC website going through webmaster changes etc. Pleased to say that Colin has it well under control now and it is very popular. Secondly it was to give otherwise loner bordermen with no cohort of fanciers local to them the opportunity to keep in touch and make new friends through the chatroom and forum. There is no doubt we have achieved both these points. As it is non profit making (ie no membership fee or trade payments) it is not dependant on usage but coming up to 300,000 hits continues to remind me there is still some interest. The one or 2 that pay the few pound admin fee for an advert page covers the site registration fee each year. So what do I get out of it? Increased awareness, my route to market (helpful when I have to dispose of surplus birds) No doubt helpful if I want to bring a bird in. And going back to the starting point: we have all made tons of friends we would not have made and have so much banter on the chatroom when its busy. One of the main positives though is the way we have shared information that has previously been restricted to individual birdrooms, I enjoy researching and sharing that research with everyone. Some time ago now but remember the sawdust saga when goldchip changed prices and bag size? One or 2 were using Tierwohl and some (me included never heard of it) now plenty are using it. So many good examples of shared practice you have all contributed to - thanks very much.
    So thats it in a nutshell :-)
    Still working on a trip to Dr Peter Coutteel early in the New Year - got people interested already!

    (Posted on 2014-08-14 11:19:00 by )
  52. NEWS
    Evening, hope you just watched Jo Pavey win the European 10,000m gold medal, what a performance! 40yrs old and first major title, what an inspiration to anyone - never give up.
    weather has taken a dip over last few days, damp and a few degrees lower temperature - ideal for early birds to start dropping a few feathers again and go soft - be alert to this. Happened to quite a few of us last year. Tell tale signs are usually the buffs start to go a bit fluffy on the flanks to start with then day by day loose feathers again.
    Going to start touching up a few cages this weekend, probably a re-paint for some, so birds will be doubled up for a day until paint dries - that said I might leave it til I come bacl from Hungary in a week or two.
    Hope most are seeing the transformation now with their birds and taking on the true border type - I really like this time of year (except the sweeping up)

    (Posted on 2014-08-12 19:48:00 by )
  53. NEWS
    OK as you will see I have given in and put the Forum page back on the menu. Can I just ask that you remember that what ever goes on the Forum is public to the world and sometimes can quite innocently damage the border fancy. I have to take ultimate responsibility for what is on the site but if I am not quick enough to edit it I end up in the you know what - so please use for the good of us all.
    Very windy here today and roof rattling disturbing the birds, took a couple of quick pics but all they do is remind me how far the birds have yet to go. Most dont have many feathers in their head and plenty to fill out yet with under feather. By the time I have been to Budapest working for a week I should see a difference. Once they are looking better I will take a batch of photos and put on the gallery page. Catch up later tonight if anyone on the Chatroom

    (Posted on 2014-08-11 17:10:00 by )
  54. NEWS
    Probably like most of the country here in Blackpool we have had serious rain this morning, but it didnt put the bowlers off on the bowling green opposite my house, they have a match to play no matter what the weather is doing.
    Managed to get some of the shed cleaned out yesterday and once I finish the bit of proper work I have to do this morning I will be back in the shed again this afternoon. Usual amount of feathers on the floor this morning when I opened up but amount has to reduce fairly soon I hope. One or two of the late birds have not dropped a feather yet, as have the couple of flighted hens still to start, so my feather sweeping is not over yet a while.
    Punk weekend in Blackpool at the minute, omg reminders of what Johny Rotten and the Sex Pistols left behind as their legacey! there are thousands of em on the prom. We seem to get every type of weekend here but the best one aprt from the British Border of course !! is the Pigeon Weekend, absolutely thousands of pigeon men from around the world hit town, best bit is the amount of product stands in the Winter Gardens and the Tower - they are just so much advanced than any other avian variety.
    Early in the New Year I am looking at taking a mini-bus over to Dr Peter Coutteel's place and have a morning in his clinic, get what I need for the breeding season and if I can arrange it with him for us to receive a short period of his time to explain latest research on blackspot and anything else he can shre with us. Once I have something sorted I will try and fill the bus up accordingly. Of course tied in with a hypermarket trip for the duty free's .....
    Right off down for a brew and then into the shed for the afternoon.
    Catch up later. S

    (Posted on 2014-08-10 13:42:00 by )
  55. NEWS
    Up and down sort of week in the shed, early birds are now almsot through with just heads to finish visually but loads of under feather still to go for sure. The later birds are now chucking feathers out for fun and still sweeping up everytime I go in the shed - yes I know, same as everyone else!
    one or two are looking half decent now and I am pleased with what I am seeing.
    Got a couple of week at home now before of to Budapest for a weeks training camp.
    Complete cleaning out day tomorrow, cages, floors and a general scrub down of everything.
    Have a good weekend whatever you are doing>

    (Posted on 2014-08-08 20:39:00 by )
  56. NEWS
    Finally back home after a week in Barcelona at European Championships and then landing at 2.30pm yesterday at heathrow only to get diverted off the M40 at Junc 7 as M40 was closed Junc 8 to 9 so had to divert through Oxford at 4.45pm (great) along with several thousand other cars doing same thing until whole area was gridlocked.
    Finally got in the house around 10ish last night, too late to go in the shed obviously.
    Well, this morning was a bit of an eye opener when I went in the shed, birds looked well and all swept up, watered and seed all topped up - just the one casualty but happend to be one of the youngsters I thought would come through nicely - shit happens though and nothing can be done about it.
    I think I will be letting people down that wanted a white from me as they are not there in the numbers I need and apart from a couple or 3 they are not good enough in my opinion. Sorry, but will pair up for a better result with them in 2015.
    One thing for sure is that borders over all other canaries really do change the most through the moult, not just because they look good and develop new feather but because they actually grow in physical size too. Several since I left home last week have changed so much, onces that I gave no hope too now have a chance.

    (Posted on 2014-08-05 17:13:00 by )
  57. NEWS
    Bloody hell lads, calm down..... got up this morning to a full inbox and bollockings for saying I was going to shut the website down! I am a full supporter of the Convention and appreciate the work they do, behind the scenes with Don and Colin there is good communication regarding the Journal photos and website particularly in the show season.
    I will strip the webite down and revamp its format but leave it live and hopefully it will continue to work along side the Convention website.

    (Posted on 2014-08-01 07:41:00 by )
  58. NEWS
    Working out in Barcelona this week and just got around to reading the latest edition of the Journal. For those that have read it will no doubt have been drawn to the comments about the Mandates being debated on the Forum of my website. The article calls for an apology from all concerned, I hereby apologise for allowing this debate to take place on the forum page. I have removed all reference to that subject from the Forum as a temporary measure and when I get back to my office next week I will close down this website and make it redundant. Thanks to those members that have contributed to the over a quarter of a million site hits in so few years. I will use my face book account to post photos and results in the show season. Good luck to everyone. S

    (Posted on 2014-07-31 20:16:00 by )
  59. NEWS
    Back from Sweden last night (1am this morning) and was able to get in the shed for a few minutes today - even with aircon on it was still too hot to stand around in there for too long.
    Birds are in terrible state in the main and would have liked them to have been further forward in the moult than they look. Some though are coming through ok and look quite nice.
    Will hang the baths on tomorrow and let them have a splash around. I will have the weekend here and then away again to Sant Boi Barcelona for 6 days to another competition. This is how it is now right the way through to November - get back from Barcelona, have a week and then out to Budapest for another week.
    Hope everyone coping with the hot spell and no birds start to drop into second moult - worst case in my opinion as it buggers everything up.

    (Posted on 2014-07-23 19:29:00 by )
  60. NEWS
    Morning everyone, again sorry for lack of updates but the home wifi has been running on teacakes and stopping at every currant for the last week or so making life almost unbearable. Anyway I am going to be onroute to Uppsala Sweden shortly and just wanted to give a quick update before my drive down to Heathrow.
    Knee deep in feathers and sweeping up several times per day, not my favourite time this, other than seeing the birds transform. They seem to look nice in nest feather showing some promise, then they drop feathers and look like they might not be big enough, then the scruffy stage, quickly (hopefully) followed by the transformation into the show stopper we have all been waiting for - YEH RIGHT !! if only that easy - what about the heart stopping moments when you walk in the shed and the very best you, your favourite is either dead, got a claw straight forward or back, sat on the floor shaking like a shitting dog because it had a fit or another bird has scalped it - yes you now the story all too well? the best bird everytime gets it. The other day one of my FEW whites this year looked mor like a raspberry ripple that a white bird, it had knocked its wing and a growing flight feather had come out and it was bleeding for NATO.
    But the good news for me is that I think the birds are better than last year and if I can say that every year then eventually they should be smart enough. Managed to get through the breeding season again without the soaked seed and it doesn't seem to adversely affected the birds by not using it, I think my size has improved and feather quality is good - I will stick to similar routine next year with just one or 2 little tweaks to what I do.
    Anyway, last few things to pack and then the dreaded M6 to face this afternoon.
    Good Luck

    (Posted on 2014-07-16 10:30:00 by )
  61. NEWS
    been away for several days (during day only) and to be honest not much to report at the minute other than one or two birds are begining to look really nice as they get to about 75% through the moult. others though are at the rubbish stage.. so I have mixed feelings when I look around the shed.
    Here til Wednesday then off to Uppsala Sweden for a week for the European Championships (in Modern Pentathlon) Hope I see a good change in the birds after a week away. Keep up the sweeping!!

    (Posted on 2014-07-10 21:43:00 by )
  62. The North Wales Border Fancy Canary Club annual show will be held on Sunday the 2nd of November at the Loreto Centre Llandudno (LL30 2EL). Having attracted new fanciers from as far as Ireland last year the committee are keen to increase their entries and have improved the cash specials, Best order in Show will be awarded £50. The classification has been simplified and will include additional unflighted classes for the main stream colours including self greens. Fanciers will be allowed into the hall during the judging by prior arrangement with the club secretary Mr Ron Williams (tel 01286 650 561). Judges engaged are Mr L Evans and Mr J Furmage from South Wales.
    The Loreto Centre provides for free of road parking and refreshments will be served all day. Llandudno is a popular seaside town which offers many amenities and tourist attractions.
    A Fife section will once more be included having proved a great success last year, Best Fife in Show will be awarded £50 (paid up members). Schedules will be available by August and it will be possible to download them online.

    (Posted on 2014-07-04 14:22:00 by )
  63. NEWS
    A roasting hot day here in Blackpool today and time for aircon on in shed I think.
    Full on sweeping mode now with feathers everywhere, seeks endless task at this time of year but worth it I hope when some nice birds come through.
    Yesterday was my knee op day - went in at 8.30hrs yesterday morning, they did my obs, booked me in, waited a short time then down to theatre, bing bang bosh - scoped my knee, injected some steriod silicone gell and I was back in my room before I knew it. I was home and walking by lunchtime, a little sore where they went into my knee cap but today it is fine and feels amazing. Last time I had it done in the 80's at Aldershot military hospital the gormless idiots even cut the wrong knee so when I woke up i had both knee's butchered instead of only the bad one. Leaving scares that you would associate with a chain saw. Cant even see the hole from yesterdays operation -the wonders of modern medicine.
    Hope all finishing off now and you are sweeping up as many feathers as me!!

    (Posted on 2014-07-01 13:29:00 by )
  64. NEWS
    Again or lack of news as the case maybe? another day of the birds looking ragged up and waiting for them to put their new clothes on so I can see what they looked like dressed! shed life consists of brush in hand sweeping up, feeding and changing waters at each visit at the moment. No different to everyone else I suppose but it does my head in. One bird has a fly around in its cage, feathers go everywhere and the whole shed goes bonkers. Started hanging the odd show cage on again to let the older ones hop in and out - nothing too serious at the minute training wise. Getting to a show with some birds this year looks out of the question again - every weekend of a show I am working, bit annoying as I wanted to put a few out this year at a couple of shows. I am trying to convince my son to take me some but not keen. See how they look first then decide what I will do.
    Hope everyone happy enough with their season. S

    (Posted on 2014-06-26 14:50:00 by )
  65. NO NEWS
    Sorry for lack of news over last few days but not much happening now as all my time in the shed is spent sweeping feathers up and filling egg drawers.
    I did have one interesting conversation about the fertility of cock birds and the age they are when actually paired up. I have my own theory on this but hey, what do I know. You will all have heard before "that unfltd cock was hopeless" or the cock I brought in did nothing etc etc..... well her is a scenario: If like me you apir up early (end of Feb/begining of March) then you need to be using a cock that was bred early the year before and not one that you have brought in from someone that bred late and you have a cock that was maybe bred at the end of July?? this imo is too young then for early breeding, But then you hear "my cocks are fit as a fiddle at the end of the breeding season" omg think about it...!! of course they are because they are maturing still. How many when actually pairing up look at the date of hatch of the unfltd cocks they are using? be honest I bet not many of you... my tip is work your pairings accordingly so that later bred cocks are used later in your breeding season and give them that extra month to mature. All that said, some young cocks are studs so I might be totally wrong. I can only share my own experiences and since I started taking careful not of how old young cocks are, I had reduced clear eggs and my success rate has improved. Iwould be interested to know if this is something anyone else considers at breeding time. Forum debate maybe

    (Posted on 2014-06-22 20:57:00 by )
  66. NEWS
    In addition to the news I put up this morning I can tell you that Dave Coles passed away on Monday night at 8.30pm.

    The Club's Open Show will be a Memorial Show on 26th October 2014 in his memory.



    (Posted on 2014-06-18 13:42:00 by )
  67. SAD NEWS
    It is with regret that I have to write this news item because the fancy has lost a trully great man. David Coles has passed away. I will wait for further details and if appropriate will add another news item.
    I have been at maximum at work and not had a great deal of time for anything other than work for past week or so, hence the news items being few and far between. On a positive note it seems that there are plenty of youngsters around now and over past few days reports have been of above average season overall. Sorry to say that has not been the case for everyone though with some only in single figures.
    My intention to run a couple of birds out at a show or two this year have been dashed - I am away working for just about every weekend there is a show on. So unless I get my son to take the birds for me it will be yet another year of "no show" oh well the pleasure of having the birds has always outweighed the showing for me anyway. Trying to hang on and maintain the high standard of birds and my level of enthusiasm until I retire and have as much time as I need to devote to them.
    Weekend at home this coming weekend so plenty of time to get some jobs done.
    Blistering weather here today in Blackpool.

    (Posted on 2014-06-18 09:54:00 by )
  68. NEWS
    Just back after couple of days down in Bath on meetings. Birds now completely fallen apart and at the moment they are at the look rubbish stage, flighted hens are the worst and obviously the early chicks.
    got tomorrow at home and then away until Sunday night. my kids are doing the Cotswold half iron man Sunday so I have my old mate Bill staying over looking after the birds for me Saturday night. He can keep the dogs company. I understand a few peoples fortune has changed towards the end of the season and some strong chicks now featuring - I am pleased for everyone. lets just get them all through the moult and see whats what.

    (Posted on 2014-06-11 21:46:00 by )
  69. NEWS
    GCWBFC meeting on Wednesday 11th June at 8pm in Page Community Centre. Mr Roger Brett giving talk on breeding cinnamon and whites, all welcome .Enquiries 01179643034

    (Posted on 2014-06-09 12:48:00 by )
  70. NEWS
    Wexford BFCC will host the Irish BFCC "Country Meeting" on Sunday 20th July at 2pm.
    The venue will be our new show venue, North End Utd Football Club, Belvedere Road, Wexford Town.
    Refreshments will be provided.

    We will hold our own club meeting beforehand, commencing at 1pm, all are welcome.

    Secretary, Colm Southern 053-9426557

    (Posted on 2014-06-05 09:59:00 by )
  71. NEWS
    Feathers Feathers Feathers everywhere, my worst time of the year now for next month or so yet at the end we see the birds hopefully in all their glory and finest clothes!
    Gone are the nice early signs of good borders and here is now the scruffy heaps of rubbish (must try and remember that they were good before dropping feathers :-)
    Great to see most of the old gang back (and some new members) on the chatroom last night, probably a coincidence but everytime MICKDON is back online the chatroom seems to boom each night - thanks Mick.
    I am going to have to change tactics next year in my plight to get another cracking fawn (seems to be avoiding me no matter what I do) Going to step up from using a carrier cock to a visual Cin Cock to one of my white hens to give me the chance of a fawn hen and if lucky a white carrier cock. The problem being I dont have a visual cin cock and know it will be almost impossible to get one. Any volunteers willing to let one go that is reasonable - drop me an email :-)
    Thats all for now - catch up later. S

    (Posted on 2014-06-04 15:39:00 by )
  72. NEWS
    Well not so much as news but hello to everyone and sorry for not getting to the website as much as I used to at the minute. It is so busy at work and what with shed full of chicks I am coming out of the shed at night and so whacked I can't face the laptop after being on it at work all day to. To top all that off I am virtually crippled at the minute with a bust knee - so I am even more grumpier than ever and just not the best person to be around right now!! was due to get steriod injection in the morning but the good old NHS tld me today that my appointment has now been slipped to the end of the month - bloody great! going to be good fun hobbling around Manchester, Bath, Solihull etc for meeting I have to attend during June.
    Getting into the shed first thing in the morning to feed the birds, then if lucky I nip in at lunchtime for 5 min and hang a show cage or 2 on the first lot of chicks and then about 6.30ish for an hour to do seed and water... full on believe me. Plenty of the early chicks are well into the moult now and can see colour coming through on the wing butts and chest - early yet but looks like majority are yellows and very few buffs, what buffs there are seem to be darks. Looks like going to be ok for yellow hens at this stage. Whites have been a flop numbers wise and I wont be able to help many people this year with one - sorry. There are a few and 2 of them look exceptional, so some light at the end of the tunnel. I shoved the white cock around a couple of hens at the end just to see if I could nick a few more and will have to wait and see on that one.

    (Posted on 2014-06-03 15:39:00 by )
  73. NEWS
    Over the past 36 hours Borders have been at the bottom of my priority list - frinds of the site will remember that my daughter was running the highest marathon on the planet today! The Everest Marathlon.
    Well around 24hrs ago our family got news that the runners had to be evacuated and dug out of an avalanche still in their tents.... they eventually got back to Base Camp and had to wait for the weather to break in order to get the race started. With altitude sickness kicking in amongst the non Nepalise athletes time was ticking by. The race eventually got under way 42km (26 mile 130yds) with the supporting event being the half distance (half marathon) then the news came through to us that we didnt want to hear Andrea had passed out lungs bursting and serious effects of altitude but she had received oxygen and got herself back together with only several miles to go. At this stage she was quite well placed before having to receive aid so didnt lose too much time, then she carried on to finish the race and her team all completed the run - what an effort. Her partner Karl actually won the half marathon - well done Karl mate. there are a couple of photo's on my FB page just click the FB logo opposite.
    I am away for weekend so birds will have to be in the hands of the home team - feathers now falling from the first youngsters and wing butts showing good colour coming through. next stage is they all start looking rubbish for a fews weeks then we will see what is in the shed!!

    (Posted on 2014-05-29 20:10:00 by )
  74. NEWS
    Breeding now coming to close for me and separated nest of 5 this morning, with about dozen or so still in nests thats will be ready by next weekend. Actually undecided if I am going to run my best white cock to a few hens just to increase chance of a couple of white youngsters - he is fit enough and bending the bars on the cage to get to the hens. Will make my mind up this week. Chicks now at that stage when you go in the shed and one minute you have something special and the next minute they are a load of rubbish, we all go through this don't we? another week and the first youngsters should start casting feathers and I will see first signs of colour on the shoulders, then into mass sweeping up mode for a month or so... then we find out what hand we have been dealt with this season - little gems or disapointments. Chatroom has gone very quiet now and almost not worth it taking space on my home page, but will leave it there for the few that regularly log on each night for a catch up.

    (Posted on 2014-05-25 12:50:00 by )
  75. NEWS
    Following the downpour of rain this morning the afternoon picked up a little, although tonight I think we are in for more rain. Some of the final clutches hatched today, so getting fewer and fewer to go. It still surprises me how they grow so rapid from 4 to 8 weeks in their life and then once moulted they continue to grow right through til the end of Autumn. I think when my visitors come over the Fleetwood weekend they will be pleastantly surprised this year with the amount of light birds instead if the usual shed full of darks. My plan paid of for once at last.
    Hope you all have a good Bank Holiday and spend some quality time in your sheds.

    (Posted on 2014-05-23 19:22:00 by )
  76. NEWS
    Sorry for delay in getting news items on the website but like most others I am flat out at work and then the birds are very demanding and looking after so many is a challenge in itself when i am hopping here there and everywhere. I was away this morning to Manchester and back lat this afternoon, then straight into the shed to tend to the birds. Probably known to everyone but I have picked up a good tip for preparing the Cous Cous in that if you add just a couple of drops of olive oil and stir around before you add the boiling water, then the cous cous does not clog up at all and is lovely and so much easier to mix into your softfood. Just a couple of drops though!!
    Update on the birds: All looking ok and expecting first ones to start dropping feathers in next 2 weeks, really pleased how some are developing and growing on - I think some could be as good as anything I have bred before and fingers crossed they are better! time will tell.....

    (Posted on 2014-05-22 20:01:00 by )
  77. NEWS
    Evening everyone - pleased to say I am back in the UK after a few days working in Budapest. It rained like nothing you have seen for 2 days solid with mass floods all over the place, not quite as bad as Serbia but I think heading that way. Then to get back home and it is boiling hot, what a contrast. Had an hour or so in the shed just tidying up and a bit of general stocktaking of the youngsters, one had knocked its foot somehow but toher than that they are growing on nicely still a few hens to finish off but well over half now back in flight cages to make room for the chicks. Several of the breeding hens are in advanced stage of moult already, the next part of the season I dislike - not stop sweeping feathers up - but the positive side of that is seeing the birds transform into final product.
    Hope things picking up for you in your own shed and you have some chicks to enjoy.
    I will try and make the chatroom tonight if I can keep my eyes open long enough. S

    (Posted on 2014-05-19 17:27:00 by )
  78. NEWS
    Please note that Cleveland Cages as started to make a new website and although very early days it is worth making a note of the URL and save it as a favourite

    (Posted on 2014-05-12 12:04:00 by )
  79. NEWS
    Evening, just back from day in Solihull working (competition) had very quick nip in the shed and all seems to be well today, 3 hens have hatched off on schedule today - others over the rest of the week are due.
    I have had an enquiry about a sysmpton of dying border chicks and I wanted to know if anyone else has experienced same or know of the symptom as it is a new one that I have not come accross before. It seems that the chicks at about 10 days develop a hard cyst (almost bone hard) in the stomach, about the size of small marble. It is white but not sceptic or puss filled. I suggested to send a chick off to the lab for analysis? I dont have any information on this, if any website members know of it can you start a forum article?
    Hope everyone has a good week.

    (Posted on 2014-05-11 19:26:00 by )
  80. NEWS
    GCWBFC meeting on Wednesday 14th at 8pm Mr Des Horswell giving talk on borders and formation of GCWBFC All welcome enquiries 01179643034

    (Posted on 2014-05-10 14:05:00 by )
  81. NEWS
    Interesting to learn this morning from one of our website members (F2) that on attending a club meeting last night (not an all border club) that it is not only bordermen that experienced the unusally high percentage of hens leaving the eggs after a few days or even the chicks before 3 or 4 days old. Many new colour and gloster men had same problems resulting in particularly low numbers of chicks at this moment in time. All are hopeful that things will pick up from now on.
    That said, nothing is then done to determine why so many up and down the country have had same problem? How do we go about finding out the cause of these things instead of just accepting "well thats what happens" I will no doubt be shot to bits for this but would the fancy be in a position to sponsor a Post Graduate Vet student to do a Phd project on the Border Canary Reproductive system/cycle and the problems we are encountering? Is this something that our governing body (BC) would have the funds to support? (I have no idea) I am sure there would be enough of us to engage with such a person during the breeding season especially if we were getting first hand diagnosis of what was going wrong with our birds. I would certainly sign up for it. Google Vet Phd sponsorship and read up on it - I think its worth someone doing a bit of research to see if possible. Spose doing nothing is the other option :-)
    Bye for now

    (Posted on 2014-05-08 13:54:00 by )
  82. NEWS
    Evening everyone, bit of interesting news, for the first time ever I have had more international visitors to the website that hits from the UK. Top of the charts are Turkey, Italy and Portugal.
    Still quiet in the shed and chicks just growing on nicely, ran a couple in a show cage yesterday just to see how they were, left them for 2 or 3 minutes then back in own stock cage. Few call today from friends and generally doing well, the theme seems to be that the early desertions have slowed down and hens sitting better. Still few clear eggs and DIS but that happens to us all.
    Just going to check if anyone in the chatroom

    (Posted on 2014-05-07 20:37:00 by )
  83. NEWS
    Very quiet in the shed today and will be for rest of this week as nothing due off until end of this week. Hope this little patch of bad luck is over, in past 48 hours I had the nest of 5 squashed and a nest of 4 have also gone by the way side - both clutches didnt even get to a day old.
    I think this breeding season has been the most difficult I can remember and if not proactive rather than reactive my numbers would be half of what I have got.
    I have had reports that some are having problems logging on the chatroom - the reason is that the security has been updated and if you use firefox instead of google you will be able to log on easy enough.

    (Posted on 2014-05-05 20:01:00 by )
  84. NEWS
    Oh the joy of Borders and challenges they bring us on daily basis - yesterday the joy of having the last 3 nest to hatch all having 5 come out, yet this morning I go in the shed to find one nest of 5 completely flattened in the bottom of the nest bowl (5 - nil to the border voodoo) but then I find that another hen hatched 4 out last night - so swings and roundabouts isn't it?
    I split off another few hens this morning (season over for them) winding down slowly now and letting hens finish off either chicks they are feeding or the one that are sitting they can hatch out eggs, rear young then its done and dusted.
    News from those that keep in touch with me is that all have got chicks now but very slow progress for some, with biggest disapointment being hens either deserting eggs after 4 or 5 days or leaving chicks after a few days. I have experienced these problems more than usual too this year but I have to be happy with the fertility rate this year, clear eggs yes, but not the bucket full I have endured previously. That said, I dont have the reason for this as not many changes made to my system. I am one for making changes only when their is good reason and based on logic and evidence if possible. One thing for sure though is that changes have to be made to progress otherwise you will get the same results (these may be good or bad) Over the last 3 years what changes have I made? Firstly, stopped using soaked seed and replaced with Hooded Siskin Mix. Secondly, 3rd year of using GROG and Thirdly, researched and fully understand the hens reproduction system and how their sperm storage tubules operate - without this knowledge we take pot luck as to cocks hitting the hens at the right time. So have these changes made a difference: 2011= 16 chicks, 2012= 55, 2013 = 90 and so far this year on track to match 2013.
    One thing though, it is hard work and not just luck - we have to make our own luck.

    (Posted on 2014-05-03 11:45:00 by )
  85. NEWS
    Evening all, just posted some pics sent in by our friend George Thompson.
    Birds here are doing ok and another nest of 5 hatched out - thats 3 nest of 5 out of 5 on the bounce this week, not sure who has sprinkled some magic dust over my shed at the minute, I am sure there is a hammer blow coming soon though. I am at home this weekend so have chance to carryout major clean up operation and tidy everything up. Not that is is bad but will steam clean the floor and do the work tops etc. Hope you all have a good bank holiday, no doubt like me most of it will be in the shed.
    Good Luck

    (Posted on 2014-05-02 18:45:00 by )
  86. NEWS
    Some have asked me what SM 14 2014 in the slide show opposite looks like now so tonight I snapped a quic pic of it on my phone and put it on the Home Page as a single pic under the slide show. Still not got full tail in yet so that shows how young it is. Might make up to being OK when it moults out.
    Few more chicks hatched today and so far so good with them.

    (Posted on 2014-05-01 20:17:00 by )
  87. NEWS
    New page added to the Photo/video dropdown menu called Cuttings. Some excellent clippings from the newspapers and very fond memories of friends that are no longer with us. Please take a look and I am sure some you will want to down load and keep. It shows that everyone was young once upon a time (hey Phil)
    Thanks to Colm for sending these in for us to use.
    News from the shed is that youngsters still appearing and numbers rising slowly - very pleased with how they are looking so far but nothing for sure yet.
    Take a quick look at the new page as mentioned

    (Posted on 2014-04-29 20:13:00 by )
  88. MORNING everyone from sunny Barcelona - yeh right!! chucking it down today following a lovely day yesterday. Oh well, out of here later on this evening and back to UK but wont be back in Blackpool until early hours of Monday morning, at least the M6 should be nice and clear.
    News from home is that hatchings have been trickling through the system since I left and some due today so I wait for some good news all being well! full update tomorrow when I get into the shed and conduct a headcount.
    Hope all well with everyone and hens now sitting full incubation period - this seems to be main problem so far this season?
    Catch up later. S

    (Posted on 2014-04-27 07:57:00 by )
  89. NEWS
    A little ray of sunshine this morning as a good friend of mine was welcome by his first border chicks of the season today - always a nice sight the first ones each year.
    I am just rushing around preparing for my trip to Barcelona, setting off for Heathrow shortly. A one day competition that forms part of the European Championships selection process.
    I have been sent some cuttings that might be of interest to you, see to left of the news box. You can pause the slide show by clicking the pause button under the word (In) on the cutting header. The highlight for me was the 23 best border awards in one year by Mr A Atkin, in days though when far for shows available, but I think with double the entries maybe? The 4 gentlemen stood together just need a violin case under thier arm?
    Not sure if I will have wifi when I get to Barcelona so it might be Monday before I get back online but will do my best.
    Good luck to our friend MICKDON who has departed back down to Korea (working) see you home safe soon Mick.

    (Posted on 2014-04-24 12:15:00 by )
  90. NEWS
    Morning all - hope everything is well in your sheds? been a flurry of activety over the weekend with some hatchings, seperating and rings chicks, then hens laying first eggs of sencond round. Lots of info coming in from various sources but the main thing seems to be hens deserting eggs! in my shed too this has been a problem but the incubator has come to the rescue on each occasion - but there comes a time when you don't have enough places to put the eggs once you have binned the clear ones and made up full clutches of fertile eggs. I always respect Linda Hogan's opinions and she make some good suggestions on her website "Canary Tales" in fact she uploaded a new article yesterday that refers to hens leaving the nest and why she thinks this happens - well worth a read if you have time.

    (Posted on 2014-04-22 10:44:00 by )
  91. NEWS
    Spent he morning in the shed catching up and doing some general jobs that needed attention. Separated some chicks and rung them, the rings from the BC seem to be much better quality this year and very easy to put on, the metal seems to be much more substantial.
    As would be the case for most - you can count on anything that looks good being the one to get something wrong with it, I have a cracking dark buff chick that I was really hopeful for but it has damaged its wing flying into the cage front, done what I can to make it comfortable but think it is curtains for it.
    Quite a few had hatched off whilst I was away in Berlin, so most of what is left in the nest are less than one week old. Exception being 2 nests that will separated before I go to Barcelona next weekend.

    (Posted on 2014-04-19 12:18:00 by )
  92. NEWS
    Penultimate night before home tomorrow, we leave the training cnetre at 10am and then to Berlin Tegel Airport for flight that gets the team back in the UK for about 1.30pm. Quick whiz up the M6 (yeh right!!) and hope to make the birdshed before lights out tomorrow night.
    New from home is that all is well and only one casulalty ( a weakling) has gone by the wayside, so my hope of getting home to more chicks than when I left is looking good. Slowly getting to grips with the facebook page MASON BORDERS but not yet able to work out how to navigate properly between pages - what I do like is the ability to upload photo's from my Blackberry phone straight away. So I will use this to post photo of the chicks as grow aswell as uploading to this website. I have missed not being in the chatroom but all being well I will be able to catch up with you all tomorrow night.
    Will be spending the whole weekend in the birdshed no doubt, cleaning out and sorting chicks out, moving any stragglers around and general border husbandary. Looking forward to it.
    Several have now been in touch with me to say they are making good progress and have broken the 50 chick mark - so looks like it could be a bumper year if this is a trend accross the country. I hope so for everyones sake.

    (Posted on 2014-04-17 15:55:00 by )
  93. NEWS
    Fencing day today here in Berlin with 50+ young athletes from GBR, GER, HUN and LTU making up a really good fencing poule and our athletes getting good experience for the upcoming competitions this summer.
    News from home is that around a dozen eggs have hatched since I departed but a single chick has been moved to make up nest of 3. Next one due to hatch tomorrow then not til 23rd so will be a rest bite for a few days after tomorrow. My top row of cages are a little high for my wife to see in properly and this morning came the message of panic that one hen had escaped as not in the cage !!!! omg how did it get out? upon checking the cage by standing on the kitchen steps, the hen had been laying in a corner each morning and this morning started to sit the eggs (5) hence giving the impression that not in the cage. I thought it odd that no report of the hen laying as she was at point of lay when I left home but nothing in the nest each day was the msg I was getting - no wonder becuase laying in the corner...duh... at least the cock was being run in with the hen and all should be well in that respect. Eggs now duly moved to nest pan and hope all will be well.
    Only 2 more full days here than back to UK Friday and back up to Blackpool by lights out on Friday night, providing that the M6 is kind to me. At least will be at home all weekend before back down to Heathrow Thursday for Barcelona (yawn) away again, but at least only until Sunday night.
    News I have been getting from mates at home is varied and some good, some not do good. General problems seem to be hens deserting the nest and hens not feeding chicks well. For me it has been some DIS and young hens deserting the eggs at about 3 - 4 days. So far I have managed to incubate them and move as a full clutch to nest that had clear eggs or just fostered them out.
    Total number of chicks unknown at present but I think once eggs that are sitting now have hatched and chicks reared - that will be enough for me this year. Will assess situation when I get back.
    Good Luck to all chatroom mates, sorry but just not getting opportuinity at night to get online with time difference etc.....

    (Posted on 2014-04-16 11:42:00 by )
  94. NEWS
    Day 2 in Berlin for me and having serious birdshed withdrawal symptoms!! especially when I get news from home that in the nests that have eggs due off today there are egg shells on the floor of the cage - makes you want to know exactly what is what and how many etc.... home minder strongly believes in leaving well alone and let the hens just get on with it. So long as they have regular supply of softfood and clean water the hens will care for the chicks - yeh right!! if only that was the case as we all know. I think that if I go home to any increase in chick numbers then it is a bonus and have to be thankfull that at least they are being looked after. Main objective now when I get back next Friday is to try and get a round from the best pairs and then my season will be over. I will reduce the hens down to about 8 - 10 only for this purpose. All being well I will be able to close down the breeding by end of May at the latest.
    I have heard from several friends that they are having problems with hens deserting the nest and leaving either eggs or young chicks - if anyone has any words of advice then I am sure it would be appreciated if a Forum debate was started on this subject. I will do my best to post a news article each day but wifi access in my cave (sorry room) is weaker than than Man Utd chances of finishing in top four. !! :-(

    (Posted on 2014-04-13 16:43:00 by )
  95. NEWS
    Just back from Birmingham (South) been at a mtg all day, left home at 6am and home 9pm, would have been sooner but got caught up in an accident on the M42 - delayed me massively. Didnt get in the shed tonight but have been told that some egg shells on the floor today so sounds good for a few more chicks maybe. Will be able to have a look in the morning before setting off for Heathrow and out to Berlin for next week - talk about bad timing!! loads of chicks in the nest and generally plenty to do in the shed, running second round cocks in with hens etc.... have to rely on home help :-) going to nip on the chatroom briefly tonight as we think Mick will be back in the UK and make an appearance tonight in the chatroom.
    Hope everyone underway now or close to it - good luck and hope you have a good breeding season.

    (Posted on 2014-04-10 20:18:00 by )
  96. NEWS
    The GCWBFC club held their annual general meeting on Wednesday 9th April and the following officers were elected, President John Cunningham - Vice President Chris Gibbs - Chairman Dean Freestone - Vice Chairman Tony Quinn - Secretary Chris Gibbs - Treasurer Tony Wright - Patronage Secretary Des Horswell - Publicity Officer - John Cunningham - Transport Manager Geoff Taylor - Fund Raiser Tony Quinn - Ass Fund Raiser Roger Brett - Show Secretaries Dean/Victoria Freestone - Show Manager Trevor Drake - Chief Steward Tony Quinn - Catering Manageress Victoria Freestone. Meeting held 2nd Wednesday each month contact 01179643034

    (Posted on 2014-04-10 13:36:00 by )
  97. NEWS
    New Border Convention Panel Judges
    Congratulations to Antony Bristow, Colin Farrell and George McGougan on being appointed to the B Panel
    Day started of chucking it down with rain but cleared up this afternoon to a dry and cold day. The hen had only hatched 2 from 4 by the time the lights went out tonight but happy enough yesterday when of my better pairs hatched 3 from 4 and they look like being clear or ticked at the most. Next 3 days I have 3 more nest due off then a break for few days - but will be in Berlin from Friday so all will be left in the capable hands of home team!!

    (Posted on 2014-04-07 20:09:00 by )
  98. NEWS
    Very bust at work has meant that I have had to commit to sitting at my desk most of the weekend today typing training log replies and making logistic preparations for the next few weeks when I will be away in Berlin for 7 days and then back for a couple and straight out to Barcelona. Anyone involved with transporting equipment, pistols and athletes as a team will appreciate the amount of admin that goes into each trip. But hey, this is what I choose to do and most of the time really enjoy it. Down side is that I missed out on going to the Schools Biathlon Final being held at the Olympic Stadium this weekend, some 1,600 children benefiting from the London 2013 legacy. I don't normally get involved with just the swim/run events but this is a one off special effort by everyone in our sport and I am behind a desk in Blackpool.
    Managing to nip in the shed through the day though and have a nest due off today, I see egg shell on the floor so looks promising for when I check it later today. 3 more nests due off before I leave for Berlin on Friday so hope I can get a few more chicks in the nest before I go.
    Hope the BC AGM goes OK today and we get some positive feedback that all is well in our hobby.
    It is absolutely chucking it down here at the minute - weather completely crazy in this country.
    Will try to get on the Chatroom tonight - catch up later.

    (Posted on 2014-04-06 10:43:00 by )
  99. NEWS
    Thanks to Mick Slater for sending in some pics of his shed (external and internal) nice set up Mick. He tells me that he has some chicks hatching out now too.
    I have a couple of clutches due off over this weekend - fingers crossed

    (Posted on 2014-04-04 18:55:00 by )
  100. NEWS
    GCWBFC Annual General Meeting 2014
    Wednesday 9th April at 8.00pm
    Page Community Association All welcome

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